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Saturday, June 19th, 2004 | Author:

The American Civil Liberties Union states on its website, “The Constitution and Bill of Rights set the ground rules for individual liberty, which include the freedoms of speech, association and religion, freedom of the press, and the right to privacy, to equal protection of the laws and to due process of law.” “…including the strict separation of church and state.” This last part is NONEXISTENT in these documents. The ACLU, Founded in 1920 by Roger Baldwin, had several key leaders who were members of the Communist Party. Earl Browder, then General Secretary of the Communist Party, said the ACLU functioned as “a transmission belt” for the party.  In the 40’s and 50’s, it opposed laws requiring prostitutes to submit to examinations or vaccinations, saying these violated women’s rights to “medical liberty.” In the 60’s, society intensified its hostility toward Christianity’s values with the drug and free love movements thus giving the ACLU credence to become more aggressive in suppression of religious freedoms. In ’67, it adopted a “Pro-abortion” stance. (What happened to the right to life, liberty…?) In the 70’s, it became aggressive in defending the “special rights” of homosexuals. In the 80’s, it created its “Lesbian and Gay Rights” project. In ’86, it successfully sued a fifth grade public school teacher forcing him to remove his personal Bible from his desk which he read only to himself during class quiet reading times. Their double standards become evident when in 2001 they threatened to sue the Anaheim, Ca. school board if they did not openly display homosexual materials on the shelves of the high school library. In ‘88, they barred a doctor from disclosing a male patient’s AIDS infection to the man’s wife saying, “The benefits of confidentiality outweigh the possibility that somebody may be infected.” In ’95, it spoke against the amendment that would have forbidden the burning and desecrations of the American flag. They filed a lawsuit against Alabama Circuit Court Judge Roy Moore to force him to discontinue prayer in his courtroom and remove a Ten Commandment plaque from the wall behind his bench. In ’97, it successfully argued to protect the rights of pornographers on the internet, including the right to show pictures of children. In ‘02, the Supreme Court struck down major portions of the Child Pornography Protection Act; the ACLU declared it a victory for “Free Speech.” Does this sound like the protecting of individual rights to you or just their own perverted agenda? Christians are in their sights but we have just begun to fight, haven’t we?  

               Pastor Ike

Dated: 06/19/04

 

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Saturday, June 12th, 2004 | Author:

First let me begin by openly stating that I love the Jewish people enough to tell them the truth that they might be saved. Jews are taught from birth to reject Jesus and are fearful of looking at the historical evidence for themselves. The Old and New Testaments teach that Jews were to take God’s plan of salvation to all the gentile nations. The promise of a suffering Messiah was foretold in Genesis 3:15; 22:1-14, Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22:1-14. God has pursued mankind with an unconditional love since the beginning. Unfortunately, mankind has turned God’s love into a system of legalism. The Law came to show man his sinfulness. Jesus came in the fullness of time and fulfilled the Law and every prophesy about His death for sin, His burial and His resurrection. The problem lies with those who refuse to believe the historical evidence. Spiritual blindness, pride and selfishness often crowd in and push the light of God’s Word out of man’s view. History reveals many times when the truth was rediscovered, accepted by the masses and a great spiritual awakening transformed society such as with King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18 and Josiah in 2 Kings 22. Why didn’t more Jewish people believe in Jesus the Messiah in New Testament times? We read in the book of Acts, “The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews (*leaders) saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming. Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, “I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.” When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord…”               Acts 13:44-48  (* added)

The Jews became jealous because they saw gentiles being saved by their Messiah whom they refused to accept! If Jews look at the biblical and historical evidence they will see the truth that Jesus truly was and is the promised Messiah and put their trust in Him for eternal life. I hope this article makes you think long and hard as you begin your genuine search for the truth, for the truth truly will set you free. At Olive Branch Church we are committed to teaching the truth of God’s word spoken in love. Come and hear for yourself.                       Pastor Ike

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